. i'm mike taibbi in los angeles, there is lace-breaking news, investigators are on the scene where a flat-bed trailer carrying several parade floats was slammed by a train at 4:30 in the afternoon, leaving four dead, several injured. the floats were part of a planned celebration honoring wounded vets, but now the town is in shock, while the dead and injured have not been identified. officials on the scene say the members of their military and relatives were likely among those in the flat boy convoy was struck. they were to be honored, and the event was to conclude with a parade and the deer-hunting vets for this weekend seventeen days after hurricane sandy tore up their neighborhood, folks in staten island, very hard-hit, got a visit today from the president after touring the worst of the damage. president obama says he is proud of the way new yorkers have responded. he said "you guys are tough, you bounce back." damage includes just about all of the miles of the jersey shore, and areas including ortley beach, not far from the place where life will never be the same. our report tonight from stephanie gosk. >> reporter: two and a half weeks, and nobody in this line has been back home to ortley beach until today. what do you expect to see today? >> disaster. >> reporter: dread mixes with frustration, but the police officers still smile. >> good luck, folks, you have to wear this when you're on the island. >> reporter: sixteen school buses pick up and drop off. nobody is allowed to drive. two people per household, carrying one empty bag each.